- Now, the company is easing restrictions on that date, granting a longer indefinite grace period.
- However, you will still have to agree to the terms, eventually.
- You will not be able to access your discussion list, but you will still be able to answer incoming phone and video calls. If notifications are turned on, you can tap it to read or reply to a message or call back a missed phone or video call.
- After a few weeks of limited functionality, you will no longer be able to receive any incoming calls or notifications, and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.
In other words, the May 15 deadline is actually still active. It’s just that the repercussions of not agreeing to the new terms will happen slowly over a period of several weeks, rather than all at once.
The original incorrect interpretation of the news is retained below.
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Now, however, it looks like the company is abandoning plans for that May 15 deadline. According to a tweet from The Press Trust of India (Going through XDA Developers), WhatsApp will no longer meet the May 15 deadline
and will not suspend / delete any user who refuses the new conditions. It also doesn’t appear that the company has a new deadline, put all the controversy to rest for now.
The company had this to say in a statement:
While the majority of users who received the new terms of service have accepted them, we appreciate that some people haven’t had a chance to do so yet. No accounts will be deleted on May 15th due to this update and no one will lose WhatsApp functionality either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next few weeks.
Based on this statement, it appears that users who do not wish to agree to the terms can continue to use WhatsApp indefinitely. The app will continually remind users to agree to the new terms,
but dismissing this alert will not incur any penalty. Obviously, these alerts will likely get annoying, and a percentage of those people will likely agree to eventually.
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However, users who have already accepted the new terms are still bound to them.
We’ll have to wait and see if the company finally comes up with a new date once the controversy is completely gone. By then, however, it may be too late, as thousands of people have already migrated to competing platforms, such as Telegram and Signal.